“I’m sorry, the Doctor is unavailable but you can see the Physician Assistant!”

The Physician Assistant? What is that, you ask? Physician Assistants (PAs) are health care professionals who practice medicine with physician supervision. They conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions just as a Doctor would.

Typically, their schooling involves a year or two of academics and then follows a rigorous year of internships, or clinicals. The education they receive follows a medical model, with emphasis on data gathering, diagnosis and treatment. After they pass their national board certification exam, they are licensed to practice under a supervising doctor. PAs do not need to specialize, they can work in any field including Primary Care, Urgent Care, Emergency Medicine, Surgery or Pediatrics. PAs are known to be passionate and take the time to listen their patients as well as treat them in a safe and efficient manner.

So the next time the receptionist tells you, “I’m sorry, the Doctor is unavailable but you can see the PA,” you know you can now be confident saying, “okay!” Click here to read a more on why seeing a PA is a great idea!

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Watch out for that Poison Ivy!

Way too often do I have patients coming in with poison ivy or poison oak rashes. These plants can be found surrounding many of our yards, parks or paths during hikes. They cause an extremely itchy, oozing and blistering rash. The best way to prevent getting in contact with these plants is to know what to look for and how to avoid them. An easy way to distinguish Poison ivy and Poison Oak from other plants is that they have 3 leaves, so remember “leaves of three, let it be!

Here is a link with pictures and more descriptions of the plants. It is important to know that the oils that come from the plants are what make our skin react. If you know you have come in contact with the plant immediately wash your clothes and clean your skin thoroughly with soap and water. If the oils come in contact with anything like your shoes, sheets, or couches, the oils can then touch a new area of your body or someone else’s and spread the rash. So make sure to clean quickly and thoroughly! If you start to notice an unusual rash on your body make sure to come in to our office so we can treat you if necessary. To learn more tips about poisonous plants click on the link!

How Can I Get More Fruits And Vegies In My Diet?

Now that’s a great question! It’s tough for people to add enough fruits and vegetables in their daily diet so here is a healthy, delicious, quick and easy way to do it…smoothies!

 

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With all the different fruits and vegetables out there, the possibilities are endless. Some great fruits to use are bananas, strawberries, mangoes, pineapples, peaches, blueberries, and apples. To add some extra nutrients in there, spinach and kale are great options, and NO you can’t even taste them! Try adding in an avocado, it adds a great smooth texture and thickens it up a bit. And who doesn’t love avocados?

So when are good times to eat your smoothies? You can make your smoothies as a snack to help keep your metabolism going throughout the day. How about skipping those fatty bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches in the morning and make a smoothie instead. It will give you a great energy boost and fill you up but without weighing you down. Or my favorite, which is to make a chocolate one as a sweet healthy desert! How could a chocolate smoothie be healthy you ask? Well, you don’t need to add sugar or syrups to make it sweet and savory, by just adding natural fruits like bananas and strawberries and adding unsweetened cocoa or even some peanut butter, it stays nutritious and delicious.

How about those fussy kids who don’t like fruits or vegetables? Well smoothies may just be your answer. Because they can be so naturally sweet, your kids will think they are getting a treat. Don’t forget to sneak in the spinach!

Below are a few of my favorite smoothie recipes, try each of them out! The recipes are guidelines, so if you add too much of one thing or not enough of another it will still taste delicious. To thicken your smoothies add avocado or ice cubes, also if you freeze your bananas or use frozen fruits it will help make it thicker. To thin your smoothies add water, coconut milk, almond milk, soy-milk or fat free milk. Remember, the options are endless!

Sunrise Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 frozen banana
1 orange, peeled and segmented
½ cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Raspberry Coconut smoothie

Ingredients:
1 frozen banana
1 cup of frozen or fresh raspberries
½ cup of coconut milk
2 tsp coconut extract
1 tbsp coconut flakes

Strawberry Green Smoothie

Ingredients:
2 cups frozen/fresh strawberries
½ frozen banana
2 tbsp flax-seeds
3 cups fresh organic baby spinach
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen/fresh strawberries
1 frozen banana (if its frozen it helps thicken the smoothie)
½ tbsp of peanut or almond butter
½ cup milk
½ cup of Greek yogurt

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 frozen banana
1-2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup milk
½ cup of Greek yogurt
add 1-2 tbsp of peanut butter to make it a little nutty!

Snicker-doodle

Ingredients:
1 handful spinach
1 frozen banana
½ small avocado
¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
½ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp cinnamon

Blueberry Avocado Detox

Ingredients:
1 avocado
1 frozen banana
1 cup of blueberries
1 cucumber
1 handful spinach
½ cup coconut water

Let me know if you try one of above smoothie recipes.